I apologize for falling off the face of the blogging world. The last two weeks of India were spectacular and very busy. We were all working very diligently on our final paper and presentation about a global public health topic of our choosing. Surprisingly, this assignment was one of many highlights for me.
Not to fret! I have not abandoned my plan to continue the 29 Days of India series. I have all the memories saved on a word doc, so the posts will not be any less detailed. However, I have some bad news. I plan on finishing the series in late June and early July. I will set a date here so that I can keep my promise: July 7, 2014 is the latest that I will upload the rest. Sorry to the people I told I would finish in the week after our return to the US
So why July 7th? I am stressed out and freaking out (inside). (Fun fact: my favorite number is 7, so that’s why I chose 7/7 😛 )
At first, I was mad at myself for not working on anything med school related in India because the stress immediately hit me when I stepped onto US soils. The jet lag and sickness I contracted from the airplane did not help this matter. But as my mind cleared after a few days of recovery, I wanted to believe there are no regrets.
I remember my professor telling me that I should just enjoy the study abroad trip and not to worry about the MCAT (you’ll have enough time when you get home – he said). And I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better trip. The lesson I learned here is that balance is essential. You may have a lot of unchecked boxes on your to-do list (and if you’re like me, you let this run your life), but you also have to remember to just live life. Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy company, enjoy life.
This is my goal for the next year as I travel further on the journey to medical school.
Wow I still cannot believe the time has come for my peers and I to apply to graduate and professional schools. I remember having this epiphany a few days ago when I was staring at the AMCAS front page. This is probably an extremely stressful and arduous time for all. To stay motivated, I remind myself how grateful I am to have these opportunities in life. To have access to education and pursue one’s dreams, whatever that might be. Someone else in the world wishes they could have the same choices that you do. So make the most out of your opportunities. Use the phrase “I get to..” rather than “I have to..”